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Alfred The Great - Who was he? View details

Overcoming many personal and political problems ‘who was hopeful in defeat and generous in success’, noted author Charles Dickens, Alfred is the only English monarch to be known as ‘The Great’. That said, some have hinted his achievements have been significantly exaggerated.

Alterations and Customising Garments for Advanced Practitioners View details

The UK sent 235 million items of clothing to landfill in 2018. This course will teach how to alter clothes to fit, how to re-style out of date clothes, how to customize clothes and repair clothes so they last longer. It will look at fashion sustainability and the circular economy of fashion. It encourages re-cycling and shopping at charity shops.

Alterations and Customising Garments for Beginners View details

More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes into landfill in the UK every year.This course will teach how to alter clothes to fit, how to re-style out of date clothes, how to customize clothes and repair clothes so they last longer. It will look at fashion sustainability and the circular economy of fashion. It encourages re-cycling and shopping at charity shops.

Am I ok with me? View details

This session is about giving yourself the time an opportunity to take a deep dark look at yourself, and see what you think of you. Would you want to be your friend?

American Art (1850-1990) View details

A leisurely stroll through American Art, starting with James Whistler in the 1850s, through to the War years with Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists, then the invention of Pop and Conceptual Art with Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, and finishing with the embrace of Street Art with Jean Michel Basquiat in the 1980s

An Exploration of Orwell's Essays View details

George Orwell's essays are in many people's opinion the best of his work. They cover an extraordinary variety of subjects and provide a unique insight into his intellectual and other preoccupations and the state of society at the time he was writing. You will be expected to read one or two of the essays a week (you will be notified which ones in good time) and come along prepared to discuss them, You may disagree wholeheartedly with an essay (or essays) but that is all to the good!. A lively exchange of ideas is the main purpose of these sessions. The essays themselves are entertaining and clearly written but repay close reading. It's sometimes said that Orwell's voice is still needed today. Come along and make his acquaintance.

An Introduction of Chinese Writing (in Brush) View details

This course is aimed at giving you a general understanding of how Chinese words are constructed .You will practise Chinese calligraphy with traditional writing brushes, learning the different strokes needed to compose words.

An Introduction to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables View details

Professional auctioneer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying or collecting in these areas. We will explore some of the different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. Students will acquire some of the techniques for researching and identifying a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.

An Introduction to Dealing with Challenging Behaviour View details

Do you struggle to manage challenging behaviour in adults in your personal or professional life? If the answer is yes, this free short course is for you. You will understand better the possible causes of challenging behaviour and learn strategies and techniques on how to manage it more effectively.

An Introduction to Modern Art View details

How modern is modern art? Actually, not very! Not to be confused with 'contemporary art' the majority of commentators agree that the term 'modern art' describes artistic works produced during a period extending very roughly from the 1860s to the late-1960s or 1970s, denoting the various avant-garde styles and philosophies of the art produced during that time period. The term is also usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been rejected in a spirit of experimentation and innovation, now frequently identified as Modernist (or, Modernism). As something of a taster series, this five-week course offers an opportunity to situate the emergence and evolution of modern art within a historical and cultural context and to identify a range of its characteristics, influences, developments, art movements and major practitioners.